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Six deaths in seven days due to scrub typhus in Rajasthan’s Hadauti region

Scrub typhus, also known as bush typhus, is a disease caused by a bacteria Orientia tsutsugamushi. Scrub typhus is spread to people through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). The most common symptoms of scrub typhus include fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes rash.

jaipur Updated: Aug 25, 2018 01:29 IST
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Three affected by the disease were from Bundi, two from Jhalawar and one from Kota. (Picture for representation)

Six persons of Hadauti region have died of scrub typhus in a week’s time. Three affected by the disease were from Bundi, two from Jhalawar and one from Kota. The test reports of the infected arrived after their death. The tests were conducted during treatment and the reports arrived on August 23 evening.

Scrub typhus, also known as bush typhus, is a disease caused by a bacteria Orientia tsutsugamushi. Scrub typhus is spread to people through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). The most common symptoms of scrub typhus include fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes rash.

A patient named Dhaniya Meena (18) from Bundi died during treatment on August 18, another patient Ramratan (54) of Silor region in Bundi died during treatment on August 13 and Morpal (18) of Basoli region in Bundi died on August 19. Anita (25) and Jagannath (50) of Jhalawar died on August 19. Similarly, Gopal Bai (76) of Kota died on August 18 during treatment.

Meanwhile, nine more patients have been tested positive for scrub typhus in Hadauti region — three cases are from Bundi district, two each from Jhalawar, Kota and Ajmer districts and two cases from the Shyopur region in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh.

When asked, the chief medical and health officer (CMHO), Kota, Dr RK Lavania said that the test reports of the six patients arrived after their death from the central testing laboratory at Government Maharao Bhim Singh Hospital.

“We have sent teams for a survey of houses of the deceased patients,” he said.

Dr Lavania admitted that there were negligence and delay in testing the suspected patients. He said that a probe will be conducted about the delay.

Dr Lavania denied any link between encephalitis and the spread of scrub typhus in Hadauti region. He said that larval mites are found in grass and bushes. Animal bites and humans spread scrub typhus.

Almost all patients hail from rural areas of Hadauti, except one deceased from Kota.

First Published: Aug 25, 2018 01:29 IST